Amerer Air cancels order for BAe 146QT

Austrian airline Amerer Air has cancelled its order for a BAe 146-200QT. The airline had agreed to acquire the first new QT conversion, G-JEAJ (msn E2099). She made her first flight after conversion to QT configuration on 25 June, and then flown to Southend where she was being prepared for Amerer Air. Amerer Air decided not to take the aircraft, however, after technical problems delayed delivery. The delays meant that Amerer Air would not have been able to use the QT as it had planned. BAE Systems blamed the delays on the long time that had elapsed since the last QT conversion. G-JEAJ remains at Southend, and will be offered for sale or lease as soon as the snags have been ironed out — probably in early 2009. Despite the setback, the QT program is continuing. Future conversions are likely to focus on the series 300, which has attracted more interest because of its extra pallet position. A former Flightline series 300 is currently undergoing conversion to QT standard by Aerostar in Bacău.

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